Thames View Primary School

Learning, fun and achievement for all.

Thames View Primary School

Learning, fun and achievement for all.

Supporting Reading

Children in Year 3 should read most nights of the week for at least 15 minutes and record the books they read in their Reading Record Book.

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Phonics in Year 3

If your child is struggling to read fluently by Year 3, they will benefit from extra phonics teaching or extra reading practice 1:1 or being in a small group with a teacher or teaching assistant. Lots of research has shown that children can catch up and keep up when they get the right help.

Parents sometimes worry about their child feeling singled out if they go out of class for extra help. Please don’t be concerned. It’s very common for children to have extra help at some time or another, and not just for reading. So children just tend to see it as a normal part of the school day, and they really love the extra attention!


How can you help at home?

There are lots of simple things you can do at home to help your child learn to read.

  1. Learn how to say the sounds by watching the video or using the audio guide below.
  2. Encourage your child to use Spelling Shed and Phonics Play.
  3. Read together every day, even for just ten minutes, and help your children to learn how to blend sounds to read words.
In phonics we learn to read the "pure sound" of a phoneme, rather than letter names. For example, the sound /s/ is pronounced 'ssssss' and not 'suh' or 'es'. Learning to read pure sounds makes it much easier for children to blend sounds together as they progress with their reading.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language.